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This song has a very empowering message for people who are being bullied. Sia recorded a demo guide vocal and sent it to Katy Perry, but Perry turned it down because she didn’t want to work with David Guetta. After that, Mary J. Blige recorded the song, but her version leaked online in July 2011. David Guetta originally wanted Sia to add her vocals to the song as he loves her voice. In an interview with, Guetta said: “The first time I heard what Sia did, because she was not in the studio with me, I fell in love with it. I didn’t even want to give it to anyone else; it was perfect the way it was. It’s not only about how big you are in America, it’s about the song and the voice.”
In an interview with Artist Direct, Guetta explained: “That song is interesting because it’s different from anything else on the album. All of the guests on the album are from pop and R&B, and ‘Titanium’ is a little bit like a UFO flying over it all because Sia is a more of an indie artist. I think she’s the only white girl on the record. I fell in love with the song. At first, she wrote that song and demoed it. She wanted to give it to another artist, but I felt her voice is so incredible and the song is so emotional that I really wanted her to stay on it. The song also uses some acoustic elements which is very different from what I usually do. I think it makes it very interesting.”

Release date

Released December 9, 2011


Sia Furler – David Guetta – Giorgio Tuinfort – Nick Van De Wall


Virgin – Capitol US

Chart Rankings

In the UK, ‘Titanium’ topped the Official Charts Company and the UK Dance charts, and was certified Double Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 1.2 million copies. In the US, it peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at number 3 on the US Dance Club Songs and the US Mainstream Top 40 selling 4 million copies. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Double Platinum. ‘Titanium’ made it to the Top 10 charts in several countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. In Australia the song was certified 5 times Platinum, while in Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland it was Double Platinum. It was also certified Triple Platinum in New Zealand, and Platinum in several countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Spain. In Finland and France, it made it to Gold.

Artist’s age on release date

David Guetta was 44 years old and Sia was 36 years old when they released this song.

Cover Versions

Jahmene Douglas – Tulisa Contostavlos – Anna Kendrick & Brittany Snow (Acappella) – Avery Wilson (The Voice USA season 3) – Within Temptations – Michelle Chamuel & Chelea M. (The Voice USA fourth season) – Demi Lovato – Adam Lambert & Angie Miller – Madilyn Bailey – Andew Wishart (The X Factor Australia) – Martin Madeja (The X Factor Germany) – Morten Benjamin (The X Factor Denmark) – Lucy Spraggan(The X Factor UK) – Ellona Santiago (The X Factor USA) – Beatrice Miller (The X Factor USA) – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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  1. Terrell Davis

    May 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm


  2. Christina

    April 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I do not like David Guetta video.
    I loved the original done with running away from chasers (spys) in old town/steps to church, and escape in end on speedboat to sea.
    Anyone have that link?

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